Southampton’s volunteer-managed Steamship Shieldhall has been announced as a finalist in Tourism South East’s 2020/21 ‘Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.’
Shieldhall enjoyed a record-breaking 2019 sailing season, welcoming nearly 4000 guests on board, and is currently listed as the ‘No. 1 Thing to Do in Southampton’ on TripAdvisor. Shieldhall is shortlisted in the ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ category.
Shieldhall was forced to suspend its activities in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but hopes to re-commence sailings in late spring. Sailings re-scheduled from 2020 include a celebratory 65th birthday cruise and a trip to mark the 200th anniversary of steamships operating out of Southampton. Judges would have been impressed with the close working of Shieldhall and another short-listed finalist SEE Southampton, who offer pre-booked groups of 10 or more an all-day experience in the city, consisting of an attraction visit (SeaCity Museum, Solent Sky or God’s House Tower), a guided walk on the subject of The Titanic, The Mayflower, The Spitfire or Towers, and Vaults, and a cruise on the Shieldhall. Other Shieldhall initiatives that have proven popular recently include the introduction of one and two-day ‘Steam Experiences’ onboard, and the hosting of ‘Heritage Adventure Training Days At Sea’ for youth groups.
Nigel Philpott of Steamship Shieldhall was delighted with the shortlisting, noting ‘It’s gratifying to see recognition in the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for Shieldhall. Our volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes and our shortlisting for this award is due to all their efforts. We’re looking forward to March 4 when these and other initiatives will be celebrated.’
The awards will be hosted online this year on March 4, when winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies will be announced.
For more information on Steamship Shieldhall and her proposed 2021 sailing programme, please visit: www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk